Cinematic Adaptation in Hulu’s 2017 Series “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Thesis Statement

The choices made in the cinematic adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale specifically the 2016 Hulu series make sense within the adaptation’s historical, social, cultural, and generic contexts of the 1980 to 1989, and social anxieties and feminism, and science fiction genre as well as the influence of commercial factors such as marketing and distribution on the artistic process.

Cinematic Adaptation of the 2017 Handmaid’s Tale within its Historical Context

Emergence of populism and nationalist tensions

Environmental anxieties and climate change concerns

Gender rights and reproductive freedoms

Cinematic Adaptation of the 2017 Handmaid’s Tale within its Cultural Context

Feminism

Gender equality

Technological Dystopias

Populism and authoritarianism

Cinematic Adaptation of the 2017 Handmaid’s Tale within its Social Context

Gender Disparity

Technological anxieties and data privacy concerns

Political polarization

Cinematic Adaptation of the 2017 Handmaid’s Tale within its Generic Context

Genre: Dystopian Drama

Oppressive Regime

Emphasizes individual struggles

Social commentary

Influence of Commercial Factors on the Artistic Process

Platform Expectations

Market trends

Casting and marketing

Pacing and content edits

Genre bending and thematic depth

Compelling character portrayals

Haunting visuals and storytelling

Works Cited

Chaney, Jen. Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale Is Your Must-Watch Show This Spring. April3,

2017 Vulture. https://www.vulture.com/2017/04/the-handmaids-tale-hulu- review.html. Accessed 15 Dec. 2023.

Gerrits, Jeroen. “From Episodic Novel to Serial TV: The Handmaid’s Tale, Adaptation and Politics.” Open Philosophy 5.1 (2021): 209-230.

Valenti, Jessica. “The Handmaid’s Tale is timely. But that’s Not Why it’s so Terrifying.” The Guardian (2017).

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